Women's soccer is twice as beautiful. So today we will introduce you to the charming midfielder of Barcelona Aitana Bonmati. In fact, her style of play is compared with the legend of the Catalan club Andres Iniesta.
Achievements at Barcelona
Aitana was born on January 18, 1998 in the suburbs of Barcelona. As a child she played basketball, but eventually she switched to soccer and started playing with the boys in the yard.
At 13 Aitana was invited to Barcelona Academy. Every day she rode a bus for two hours with her father to get to practice. In 2014 the girl started to play for the second team "Barcelona-B", and two years later she had a chance to prove herself in the regular team of "Barcelona". Aitana didn't miss this chance, securing a place in the "blue garnet" roster, where she stays up to this day.
In six years with Barcelona, Bonmati has won the Spanish Championship twice, the Spanish Cup four times and the Spanish Super Cup once. She has also won the Women's Champions League.
Aitana's journey in the Spanish national team
In May 2019, before the start of the Women's World Cup, Bonmati was included in the national team. She took part in two group stage matches, a win over South Africa and a loss to Germany. Spain finished second in Group A and advanced to the playoffs of the Women's World Cup for the first time in its history.
Later that year, Bonmati played in all the qualifiers for the women's Euro 2022, finishing the group stage with six goals.
What is Bonmati's style of play?
Aitana Bonmati plays at the midfield position. However, coaches have repeatedly noticed that the girl can replace both a winger and a holding midfielder. Coach Jordi Ventura who signed her to the cadet team of Barcelona, emphasized that Aitana is an active and a very competitive player who uses her both feet. Moreover, the player isn't tall, which makes it difficult for the opponents to get her away from the ball.
Bonmati's idols are Xavi and Andres Iniesta. She also admitted that she builds her game on the model of her former club partner Vicky Losada.
Aitana Bonmati is active on social media. More than 300 thousand people follow her personal life. On her blog, she publishes photos from training and tournaments, as well as from her travels. So recently the beauty posted pictures from Palma de Mallorca, where she is riding a sup board.
That's the beauty who plays for "Barcelona" and the Spanish national team. And they say that soccer is not for women. Aitana Bonmati can argue with that.